Like so many, I binge-listened to S-town. The story-telling was exceptional and fascinating. The main character had so many complications and facets. The ending was so ironic. It was so well done and is discussion-worthy on so many levels.
One discussion so many are having related to this show are journalistic ethics. Did the narrator, Brian, betray his sources by sharing information that was supposed to be “off-the-record” in a few instances? I mean, I’m sure they legally have all their i’s dotted and t’s crossed, but beyond that? Was the medium (audio) what made people uncomfortable with the delving into someone’s past and what made it feel voyeuristic at times? Biographies are written and published all the time about people and they go deep into uncovering their motives and actions and no one usually seems to have a problem with that format. If S-town had been published as a book, would the criticisms that people have with it have been different?
I haven’t come to complete conclusions on any of this myself. But if you want to delve more into thinking through this series, this article was interesting. I don’t completely agree with it, but more food for thought. Have any of you listened to S-town yet? Thoughts?
If you’ve not listened yet, my only comment is that it’s definitely heavy in the language department and several episodes are sexually explicit, so if that’s offensive, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Totally loving loving loving The Time In Between. The book was recommended to me a long time ago but at over 600 pages I was a bit daunted by it. But I’m enjoying the mini-series so much! The story is fascinating, the actress is mesmerizing, the scenery of 1940’s Spain and Morocco is captivating, and I don’t want it to end! And the music is gorgeous too.
As a family we listened to A Single Shard, which was a heart-warming story. I read The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. This quirky story was one I wasn’t sure I liked that much until the end. The end just nailed it for me!
What are you into right now?